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Catherine T. (Kathleen) Dunleavy

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Catherine T. (Kathleen) Dunleavy Peacefully on December 12, 2009 after a long illness. Loving wife of Patrick Dunleavy, devoted mother of Cathy Rosaia, Brian Dunleavy, and Kevin Dunleavy. She was a loving mother-in-law to Wayne Rosaia, Fran Dunleavy and Cindy Dunleavy. Adoring grandmother of Gina Collins and her husband James, Daniel Rosaia and his fiancée Deana Woodworth, Christopher and Patrick Dunleavy and Timothy, Ryan and Daniel Dunleavy. Devoted sister to John O'Neill, Anna Rose Schram, Alice Foegelle, Bernadette Godwin and the late Artie O'Neill, Patrick O'Neill, and Mamie Dagley. Loving sister in law of May Dunleavy, Nita Ricotta, Peg and John Collins, Helen Young, Phyllis Dunleavy and Edward Castel. She is survived by many, many loving nieces and nephews. She was a dear friend of the Philpott family, the MD 8am Mass bunch, and the July gang at Whispering Pines Resort. Born June 4, 1930 in Corduff, Cloone, Co. Leitrim, Ireland to Arthur and Brigid O'Neill, she was the oldest daughter in a family of 8 children. She left Ireland on St Patrick's Day, 1948 with her friend and neighbor Alice Lennon Danielsen for hope and opportunity in San Francisco. She met the love of her life, Patrick Dunleavy at the KRB in 1951 and they began an exceptionally loving and devoted relationship that lasted through 55 years of marriage. Kathleen was proud to be an American citizen and felt so blessed to have had the opportunity to raise and educate her family here. She was keenly interested in politics and education and taught scores of students to improve their reading skills as a teacher's aide for 17 years at Mater Dolorosa School. She was a devout Catholic and a loyal parishioner at Mater Dolorosa since its founding in 1961. Her faith was a special source of comfort to her in her years of declining health. She was an exceptionally loving wife, mother and grandmother who always had an encouraging word of praise. She loved a cute joke, a party with a good sing-song and could easily recite Irish rebel poems at the drop of a hat. Many thanks to Helen DeLeon for her special care of Mom this past year. Friends may visit Monday December 14 after 5pm at Mater Dolorosa Church 307 Willow Ave. South San Francisco, where a Vigil Service will be held 7pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday 11am at Mater Dolorosa Church. Internment Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. Memorial donations to the Mater Dolorosa Parish Improvement Fund would be most appreciated.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 13, 2009
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